AVON, Ohio - The Cleveland Clinic Richard E. Jacobs Health Center celebrated on Wednesday. The 190,000-square foot facility opened in Avon one year ago.
More than 420 full-time physicians, nurses and support staff work out of the state-of-the-art medical facility near Interstate 90 and Nagel Road. About 320,000 patient visits and more than 4,500 outpatient surgeries have taken place there over the past year.
Executive Director Dr. Cherine El-Dabh, M.D. said the move to building satellite facilities, like the one here in Avon, is happening throughout the country.
"The trend nationwide is to move from inpatient care to outpatient care, and from inpatient surgery to outpatient surgery. So having this facility, which is state-of-the-art, has helped us fulfill those requirements. "
The center opened a new 24-hour emergency department on Sept. 5 and averages about 40 visits a day. And if emergency transport is necessary, a waiting helicopter can take patients to another medical facility.
"Time-wise, said emergency department director Stephen Sayles, M.D., "with the helicopter here, the critical care transport here, we get you to where you need to go right away in a very expedient manner."
An open house-style celebration was held in the lobby on Wednesday with patients, visitors and staff enjoying complimentary coffee, cookies and keepsakes such as pens, tote bags, magnets and spongy therapy spheres.
The medical center opened a year ago to meet the needs of communities to the west that had to travel farther for medical care. The Richard E. Jacobs Health Center meets a variety medical needs for the surrounding area with on sight lab services, a pharmacy, a vision care center and a cafe. The center also has the areas only physical rehabilitation department with two specialized pools for aquatic therapy.
The upcoming opening of the I-90 exchange on Nagel Road, less than a quarter mile from the center, will make the trip to and from the center even easier.